Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction (SSACI)
The Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction (SSACI) collaborative, facilitated by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), consists of social studies experts, assessment experts, and state department of education professionals. The SSACI collaborative allows education agencies to draw from a large pool of experience that is not available when a state confronts challenges alone.
SSACI was involved in the development of the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards ("C3 Framework") and uses that as the basis for the work we do. During the 2013-2014 year, SSACI worked on state strategic planning, standards based reporting for social studies, C3 curriculum materials, and a C3 professional learning workshop for teachers. Additionally, SSACI hosted a webinar series featuring scholars and practitioners with expertise in social studies assessment.
This upcoming year (2014-2015), SSACI plans to continue this work by publishing a guidance document on ambitious social studies assessment. Additionally, SSACI will host a webinar series on professional learning while continuing to build out the professional learning materials for the C3 Framework instructional shifts training.
SSACI remains committed to the following shared mission statement:
We Listen, Learn, and Advocate. We listen to students and all our stakeholders about what binds and differentiates us. We learn about our field with partners who share our interest in enhancing social studies education. We advocate for social studies in our own states and nationally.
We Investigate, Create, and Sustain. We investigate problems in social studies by conducting and using educational research and best practice. We create professional learning tools to help members implement ambitious, innovative, and meaningful social studies for students. We sustain our work through collaboration to solve problems facing social studies education.
We Innovate, Share, and Lead. We innovate in our approaches to addressing the needs of social studies. We share the tools and resources from the collaborative to improve social studies teaching and learning in states and districts. We lead as agents of change and recognize that we are stronger together by working together in a collaborative environment.
SSACI Collaborative Advisor: Kathy Swan
Kathy Swan is an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on standards-based technology integration, authentic intellectual work, and documentary-making in the social studies classroom. Swan has been a four-time recipient of the National Technology Leadership Award in Social Studies Education, innovating with web-based interactive technology curricula including the Historical Scene Investigation Project, the Digital Directors Guild, and Digital Docs in a Box. Her co-authored book And Action! Doing Documentaries in the Social Studies Classroom and children's series Thinking Like A Citizen were published in the fall 2013. She is also the advisor for the Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Assessment Collaborative (SSACI) at the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO) and was the project Director/Lead Writer of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards.
2014-15 Business Partners: CTB/McGraw-Hill, Measured Progress, and Pearson
2014-15 Affiliates Member: SUNY Research Foundation
- ProgramNational Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA)
- ProgramEarly Childhood Education Assessment (ECEA)
- ProgramEnglish Language Development Assessment (ELDA)
- ProgramEnglish Language Learners (ELL)
- ProgramFormative Assessment for Students and Teachers (FAST)
- ProgramTechnical Issues in Large Scale Assessment (TILSA)
- PublicationAlignment and the States: Three Approaches to Aligning the National Assessment of Educational Progress with State Assessments, Other Assessments, and Standards
- PublicationLessons Learned: Implementing and Improving Comprehensive and Balanced Learning and Assessment Systems in High School - A Report for State Education Leaders - Final Report from the Delaware Enhanced Assessment Grant